Despite the magnitude and entrenchment of violence against children, evidence increasingly shows that it is a problem that can be solved.
Violence against children is a universal problem affecting children in every country in the world. It comes with considerable costs for individuals and society. Violence often significantly harms children’s health, keeps them from school or social participation, and restricts them from realising their potential as adults.
Protecting children from violence in all its forms is undoubtedly complex. Agencies and organisations working in child protection continue to work together to share understanding and knowledge of what works in reducing or ending risks of violence. The consistent themes emerging are timely and relevant considering current discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This paper is World Vision’s contribution to the discussion on effective policies and programmes that can address violence in different forms across different contexts.
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